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Medical Center Experts to Provide Health Care During Skating Trials

When the best figure skaters in the United States converge on Omaha this weekend for the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, they will have a world-class health care team backing them up. Whenever any skater is on the ice, at least four medical professionals from The Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska Medical Center or UNMC Physicians will be there as well.

“It’s such an honor for us to be part of such a great event,” said Rusty McKune, coordinator of the sports medicine program at The Nebraska Medical Center. “We have a very talented team of orthopaedic surgeons, primary care physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists all there to provide care for the skaters.”

In the past, the medical center provided care during the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in 2008 and 2012. The cases they may have to treat at the skating championships are much different than what they saw at the pool.

“Common injuries in skating are strains and sprains, cuts from skate blades and head injuries from falls on the ice,” said Mark Dietrich, MD, orthopaedic surgeon at the medical center. “We certainly hope every skater gets off the ice uninjured, but if accidents do happen, our team will be right there and willing to help.”

Another common ailment sometimes happens before a skater takes the ice: upset stomach because of nerves. Between four and six medical professionals will be at the rinks during skating and additional staff will be ready at The Nebraska Medical Center should any skater need to be seen at the hospital.

The skating championships will be held at Omaha’s Century Link Center Jan. 20-27 and will be televised nationally on NBC Jan. 25-27. Every session of the skating championships can be seen live at www.icenetwork.com.